"The What's in it for schools"? series aims to make educational policy issues relevant to practitioners. Each book in the series focuses on a major educational issue. The authors set the issue in context, look at how it impacts on the daily lives of schools and teachers, and raise key questions. The books are grounded in social theory, recent research evidence and best practice, and will make an excellent contribution to any staffroom bookshelf.
In classrooms that operate as learning communities, the social and learning purposes advance together through all participants being involved and engaged in building knowledge. This is a new way of seeing and managing classrooms, it offers:
* An integration of what's best in learning and what's best in the social life of classrooms
* A vision of the role of the teacher that is more creative and more related to the commitments of teachers
* A more connected view of school, in contrast to the mechanistic view that currently dominates
* An answer to the short-term performance pressures of politicians - better performance.
This book presents the practice and vision of classrooms that operate as learning communities. This is the most comprehensive and practical book on this theme. The text is engaging without either preaching or patrolling how teachers think. It is the aim of the book that after reading it any classroom teacher will feel more able to take steps towards building a more effective classroom with the aspects of learning communities they choose.
'After reading this important and well-structured book, there is no doubt that classroom teachers will have a vastly greater understanding of the merits of operating as successful learning communities and will feel more informed and confident to make the cultural changes they envisage.' - Teachingexpertise.com
'The book does not shy away from discussing relevant theoretical debates and questioning prevalent assumptions about classrooms and learners, and draws extensively on evidence of research and effective classroom practice to identify good practice in classrooms adopting these innovative approaches.' - Teachingexpertise.com
'This is a book well worth reading.' - Journal of Education for Teaching
'This is a wonderfully useful book for everyone who is interested in creating learning communities whether they are reading it on their own or using it to encourage whole-school dialogue about learning.' - National School Improvement Network News
'It is an incredibly easy read and yet is never simplistic; a provocative book yet never patronising; and well worth every penny.' - School Leadership and Management